Fertilizing Peach and Plum tree now with early spring

dirtaddshpMarch 1, 2012

Hello,

In the south alot of trees have started blooming due to the very mild winter. My peach and plum tree have already flowered and starting producing leaves. Is now a good time to fertilize?

thanks,

Austin

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john_in_sc

We still aren't totally out of the woods yet.

I would stick to the schedule published by your local Extension office... You really don't want to push green growth before the "Last frost date".... Around here - it's Easter... This way - if we do get a late hard frost, it won't get hammered quite so badly..

Thanks

    Bookmark   March 1, 2012 at 4:14PM
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dirtaddshp

you're right, two days later it dropped back into the 30s.

    Bookmark   March 5, 2012 at 8:53AM
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gardenall(8)

If you fertilize during the bloom does that hurt the tree from seting fruit? I was always told to fertilize before
the tree blooms or it may hurt fruit set on the tree.
IS that true?

    Bookmark   March 7, 2012 at 9:17PM
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dirtaddshp

I have no idea, maybe someone on here does?

    Bookmark   March 11, 2012 at 10:03AM
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gator_rider2(z8 Ga.)

Fertilizing for fruit is before flowering like before last frost date in your area my last frost date Feb. 20th so I fertilize before that date don't use flower brake out as timing. The next fertilizing time at end fruit picking like when go out to pick last fruit off care fertilizer with you do it then this is for fruiting tree not one that you trying grow tree.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2012 at 11:47AM
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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

Normal fertilizing during flowering won't hurt fruit set. You'd have to apply massive amounts, enough to burn the roots or leaves.

If fertilizer hurt fruit set many would use it to thin the fruit. Foliar application of fish oil and other stuff including some fertilizers has been tried to reduce fruit set on peach. But it doesn't work very well and that's foliar in an attempt to burn the flowers.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2012 at 1:44PM
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gardenall(8)

Thanks for the responces on fertilizeing!
Big help!

    Bookmark   March 12, 2012 at 7:58PM
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bart1(6/7 Northern VA)

What's a good type of fertilizer to use on fruit trees? 5-10-10? (I know a load of manure would be the best, but I have no easy way to get what I need to where I need it)

THanks!
Bart

    Bookmark   March 16, 2012 at 11:16AM
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gator_rider2(z8 Ga.)

Bart my trees like 10-10-10 the 13-13-13 makes to leggy. If 5-10-10 been working for you I would stay with that it question of how much new growth you need.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2012 at 11:56AM
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